#### Excel format conversion

```Hi guys, is there a way to convert the following
123456789 to 123-456-789
or
abcdefghi to abc-def-ghi
I need to convert a long list of serial numbers so I can look for them, but
doing it one by one will take me an eternity.

Thanks
```
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Utf
5/20/2010 5:23:01 PM
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```Hi,
you can get the numbers but the text, a solution is to use text to columns
and then insert columns everyt three other

"Aaron H" wrote:

> Hi guys, is there a way to convert the following
> 123456789 to 123-456-789
> or
> abcdefghi to abc-def-ghi
> I need to convert a long list of serial numbers so I can look for them, but
> doing it one by one will take me an eternity.
>
> Thanks
```
 0
Utf
5/20/2010 5:41:01 PM
```123456789 can be custom formatted  000-000-000

The letters not so easy.

You would need a helper column for that.

=LEFT(A1,3) & "-" & MID(A1,4,3) & "-" & RIGHT(A1,3)

Since the "numbers" are used as testual serial numbers you could skip the
custom format and use the same formula all the way down the list.

Gord Dibben  MS Excel MVP

On Thu, 20 May 2010 10:23:01 -0700, Aaron H <Aaron
H@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>Hi guys, is there a way to convert the following
>123456789 to 123-456-789
>or
>abcdefghi to abc-def-ghi
>I need to convert a long list of serial numbers so I can look for them, but
>doing it one by one will take me an eternity.
>
>Thanks

```
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Gord
5/20/2010 5:56:31 PM
```Hi Aaron
This works for numbers : =LEFT(A1,3)&-MID(A1,5,3)&-RIGHT(A1,3)
This one works for text and numbers, but your numbers are changed to text.
=LEFT(A2,3)&"-"&MID(A2,5,3)&"-"&RIGHT(A2,3)
HTH
John

"Aaron H" <Aaron H@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:98535F96-557A-4D80-A097-EB576FA580F5@microsoft.com...
> Hi guys, is there a way to convert the following
> 123456789 to 123-456-789
> or
> abcdefghi to abc-def-ghi
> I need to convert a long list of serial numbers so I can look for them, but
> doing it one by one will take me an eternity.
>
> Thanks

```
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John
5/20/2010 6:05:09 PM
```Thanks Eduardo,
What I need is to add the dash every three caracters
Instead of 123456789 I need as a result 123-456-789

"Eduardo" wrote:

> Hi,
> you can get the numbers but the text, a solution is to use text to columns
> and then insert columns everyt three other
>
> "Aaron H" wrote:
>
> > Hi guys, is there a way to convert the following
> > 123456789 to 123-456-789
> > or
> > abcdefghi to abc-def-ghi
> > I need to convert a long list of serial numbers so I can look for them, but
> > doing it one by one will take me an eternity.
> >
> > Thanks
```
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Utf
5/20/2010 6:11:01 PM
```try this, cell format, custom and enter

000"-"000"-"000

"Aaron H" wrote:

> Thanks Eduardo,
> What I need is to add the dash every three caracters
> Instead of 123456789 I need as a result 123-456-789
>
> "Eduardo" wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> > you can get the numbers but the text, a solution is to use text to columns
> > and then insert columns everyt three other
> >
> > "Aaron H" wrote:
> >
> > > Hi guys, is there a way to convert the following
> > > 123456789 to 123-456-789
> > > or
> > > abcdefghi to abc-def-ghi
> > > I need to convert a long list of serial numbers so I can look for them, but
> > > doing it one by one will take me an eternity.
> > >
> > > Thanks
```
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Utf
5/20/2010 6:18:01 PM
```try this, cell format, custom and enter

000"-"000"-"000

"Aaron H" wrote:

> Thanks Eduardo,
> What I need is to add the dash every three caracters
> Instead of 123456789 I need as a result 123-456-789
>
> "Eduardo" wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> > you can get the numbers but the text, a solution is to use text to columns
> > and then insert columns everyt three other
> >
> > "Aaron H" wrote:
> >
> > > Hi guys, is there a way to convert the following
> > > 123456789 to 123-456-789
> > > or
> > > abcdefghi to abc-def-ghi
> > > I need to convert a long list of serial numbers so I can look for them, but
> > > doing it one by one will take me an eternity.
> > >
> > > Thanks
```
 0
Utf
5/20/2010 6:20:01 PM
```Excellent... Thanks

"Eduardo" wrote:

> try this, cell format, custom and enter
>
> 000"-"000"-"000
>
> "Aaron H" wrote:
>
> > Thanks Eduardo,
> > What I need is to add the dash every three caracters
> > Instead of 123456789 I need as a result 123-456-789
> >
> > "Eduardo" wrote:
> >
> > > Hi,
> > > you can get the numbers but the text, a solution is to use text to columns
> > > and then insert columns everyt three other
> > >
> > > "Aaron H" wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hi guys, is there a way to convert the following
> > > > 123456789 to 123-456-789
> > > > or
> > > > abcdefghi to abc-def-ghi
> > > > I need to convert a long list of serial numbers so I can look for them, but
> > > > doing it one by one will take me an eternity.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks
```
 0
Utf
5/20/2010 6:25:01 PM
```Excellent..........As long as you know that custom won't work with text.

Gord

On Thu, 20 May 2010 11:25:01 -0700, Aaron H
<AaronH@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>Excellent... Thanks
>
>"Eduardo" wrote:
>
>> try this, cell format, custom and enter
>>
>> 000"-"000"-"000
>>
>> "Aaron H" wrote:
>>
>> > Thanks Eduardo,
>> > What I need is to add the dash every three caracters
>> > Instead of 123456789 I need as a result 123-456-789
>> >
>> > "Eduardo" wrote:
>> >
>> > > Hi,
>> > > you can get the numbers but the text, a solution is to use text to columns
>> > > and then insert columns everyt three other
>> > >
>> > > "Aaron H" wrote:
>> > >
>> > > > Hi guys, is there a way to convert the following
>> > > > 123456789 to 123-456-789
>> > > > or
>> > > > abcdefghi to abc-def-ghi
>> > > > I need to convert a long list of serial numbers so I can look for them, but
>> > > > doing it one by one will take me an eternity.
>> > > >
>> > > > Thanks

```
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Gord
5/20/2010 7:22:12 PM
```> =LEFT(A1,3) & "-" & MID(A1,4,3) & "-" & RIGHT(A1,3)

Or this slightly shorter alternate formula...

=REPLACE(REPLACE(A1,7,0,"-"),4,0,"-")

--
Rick (MVP - Excel)

"Gord Dibben" <gorddibbATshawDOTca> wrote in message
news:vitav5d9mtvoe26n79105uf3k60t5ak3qh@4ax.com...
> 123456789 can be custom formatted  000-000-000
>
> The letters not so easy.
>
> You would need a helper column for that.
>
> =LEFT(A1,3) & "-" & MID(A1,4,3) & "-" & RIGHT(A1,3)
>
> Since the "numbers" are used as testual serial numbers you could skip the
> custom format and use the same formula all the way down the list.
>
>
> Gord Dibben  MS Excel MVP
>
> On Thu, 20 May 2010 10:23:01 -0700, Aaron H <Aaron
> H@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>
>>Hi guys, is there a way to convert the following
>>123456789 to 123-456-789
>>or
>>abcdefghi to abc-def-ghi
>>I need to convert a long list of serial numbers so I can look for them,
>>but
>>doing it one by one will take me an eternity.
>>
>>Thanks
>
```
 0
Rick
5/22/2010 9:32:44 PM

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